Pretoria, (Prensa Latina).- Cuban President Raul Castro paid tribute today here to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, at his coffin exposed at the Union Buildings executive headquarters. During a ceremony held in Soweto on Tuesday, the Cuban president stated that the former head of the South African state was an example of integrity and perseverance in the fight to reduce poverty in the world.
Raul Castro was one of the main speakers who participated that day at the memorial service and tribute to Mandela, organized by the government and relatives at the FNB Stadium.
The Cuban president made a global call to arrange efforts for peace among all nations, as the exhortation Mandela always advocated.
Raul Castro also held a consultation meeting today with his South African peer Jacob Zuma, and laid a wreath at the Freedom Park memorial museum, located in Salvokop, Pretoria.
This monument includes the names of soldiers fallen for the liberation of South Africa, among them those of hundreds of Cubans who died in southern Africa during the fighting against the racist regime’s army in late 20th century.